Sunday, October 17, 2010
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Everyone knows that Botox is used to smooth out those forehead wrinkles, frown lines and crows feet. Did you know that Botox is approved for hyperhidrosis as well?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It can affect the underarms, palm, soles of the feet, and forehead. Botox injections in these sites are extremely effective. For example, underarm sweating is reduced by 90% or more. Obviously some sweating is good, but excess sweating is annoying! Are you a business guy who needs to change your dress shirt part way through the day or ladies do you constantly have sweat stains are your clothes? Do you limit the kinds of clothes you buy because the sweat stains show through? Politicians often have Botox treatment in their palms. Athletes who sweat excessive and constantly ruin their shoes are excellent candidates for Botox as well.
How does it work? And does it hurt? How long do results last? In the forehead and around the eyes, Botox temporarily paralyzes muscle fibers so that they relax and the wrinkles smooth out. In hyperhidrosis we inject just under the skin where your sweat glands are. Botox freezes the nerves that stimulate sweat glands to produce sweat. When treating frown lines or wrinkles, results usually last 3 months maybe a little longer. However, with hyperhidrosis you can get relief from excess sweating for at least 7 months and sometimes up to 10 months. We use a different, less concentrated solution for Botox and even without any topical anesthetic it doesn't really hurt. We do use a topical numbing cream that makes it even more comfortable. The whole treatment takes about 15 minutes or less. Results are seen within the first 24-48 hours with maximum results at 5 to7 days.
So give us a call at Beautiful You if hyperhidrosis is making you constantly change shirts, wipe your forehead, wipe your hands or ruining your shoes. We can help with safe and effective Botox treatments.
Remember we also offer Juvederm to get rid of those nasolabial folds, and plump those lips!
Anne R Trussell MD
Med Towers II
on the Baptist Health campus